The Bar is more and more diverse ethnically, and increasingly reflects the larger community. Firms need to be encouraged to bring aboard culturally and ethnically diverse articling students.
Women also greater consideration. Female members of the Bar are raising the issue of with workplace harassment. The ombudsperson approach could help to resolve the problems faced by women in the profession as well as those socially marginalized.
The LSO should also address maternity leave concerns – not with the thought of enforcing standards, but with the intent of providing guidance to firms that employ women to ensure they return to the profession.
I am pleased to say that my firm has an equal number of female and male lawyers with considerable diversity as well. We also top up maternity leaves and have medical benefits for our staff. Encouraging other firms to do the same will help to keep women in the practice of law.